State Grand Mosque, Qatar

State Grand Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Qatar and has been renamed after the great Muslim theologian, reformer, and pioneer of the 18th century "Imam Muhammad Ibn Abdul Wahhab". Ibn Abdul Wahab (1703-1792) propagated for removing negatives and undesirable innovations in Islam. He admonished Muslims to follow only the original values of Islam as typified by the Salaf (ancestors) and to discard exploitations introduced by Beda'a (heretic innovations) in his teachings.

The state mosque is located south of Doha Corniche, high on a hill overlooking the Qatar Sports Club in the west bay. It was constructed in the first half of 20th century by Sheikh Jassim bin Mohammed Al Thani who decided to build a grand mosque in Doha in memory of his father, after he knew about his father's death on the return from his military campaign in Al Zubara in 1878.

The mosque features an imposing building with many domes and was built with a fascinating mix of both traditional Arabic and modern architecture which includes sparkling half-moons, a minaret and large open outdoor spaces. The grand mosque has a very fresh feel with crispy lines besides it preserves some of the traditional Islamic architectural elements. With its distinguishing doomed roof it is a stunning example of architectural magnificence and landmark construction in Doha.

The beautiful, prolific mosque also tells the Doha story with the sandstone facades, the lowly building height and 90 smaller domes impersonate the building constraints present when Qatar was in its early years. The refurbishment work started in late 2006 at a cost of 420 million riyals. The total area of the mosque is approximately 175,000 m2. The mosque has three main doors and 17 side entrances. 65 domes cover the outer quadrangle and 28 large domes cover the central hall. The mosque can house worshippers of as many as 30,000 at a time including the outdoor area.